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  1. A brand new bar and chain would be preferably. Zero pressure applied when cutting. Other than that, no magic tricks that I know of.
  2. Yep, would often do that for a second anchor if needed
  3. I'd agree with that purely from my experience climbing them. They certainly feel more fragile to climb around in, and often have old wounds where they have shed large limbs.
  4. Hi Stephanie, Yep they can grow to be quite big trees. It does seem to be an odd choice of species given the area you describe.
  5. Because it performs better. Doesn't bind up as much as a prusik
  6. Stihl chains for me all the way. Sugihara have been the best bars for me but come at a premium. If not Sugi I would just be using Stihl bars.
  7. You may think that if you’re operating petrol-powered equipment, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces, that exposure to harmful hydrocarbons is largely unavoidable. Benzene is just one of the many hydrocarbons found in conventional pump fuel and exhaust emissions, often considered the substance most dangerous to human health. However, there is an alternative in the form of Aspen Alkylate petrol – switching to which can reduce benzene emissions by up to 108 times! The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) regulations advise against benzene exposure completely, but where this cannot be reasonably achieved, there are steps that can be taken to adequately control exposure as far as is reasonably practicable - and certainly below the workplace exposure limit (WEL) assigned for benzene of part per million (ppm) of air averaged over an 8-hour period. One way of doing this could be switching from traditional pump fuel to Aspen. An Alkylate petrol, Aspen is made using only the cleanest Alkylate components that occur when oil is refined. This process involves combining excess gases from the distillation of crude oil and from the cracking plant, resulting in a liquid alkylate. Once some additional components are mixed in, the result is a finished fuel which is significantly purer than traditional petrol, with content of harmful aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene and polyaromatics (PAH) close to zero. Being virtually free from benzene, as well as sulphur and many other harmful substances, using Aspen Alkylate petrol improves the health and performance of your equipment, the working conditions for the operator and significantly reduces the harmful impact your machinery makes on the environment. Aspen is also ethanol-free, which improves reliability, maintains engine performance and preserves the life of component parts which can be susceptible to failure when running on conventional pump fuel, especially if it has been left for any extended period of time in storage. Aspen is available in a range of unit sizes (5L, 25L, 60L and 200L) and in both pre-mixed 2-stroke and 4-stroke varieties.
  8. Having cemented their position in the 6” market with the revolutionary EVO 165 series, GreenMech are introducing its ‘big brother’ in the shape of the 8” EVO 205D, which promises to set the new standard for large capacity woodchippers. Extending the EVO concept of more powerful bite, torque and throughput, the 205D delivers even greater performance to tackle the biggest tasks with reliability and ease. At the heart of the 205D’s design is a Stage V compliant 50hp Kubota Diesel engine which can process up to 25 cubic metres of material per hour, making it one of the most productive machines in its category. GreenMech’s new ‘Smart Sense’ controller provides ‘no-stress’ overload protection and automatic load detection to ensure optimised performance and fuel consumption. A new, generous in-feed hopper measuring 1250mm x 700mm allows for the free-flow of bulky brash and timber, gathered and gripped by the twin horizontal hydraulic rollers and fed to the heavy, six-disc blade flywheel, which offers unparalleled processing power. Strength and durability in construction is provided by the deep beam, high tensile steel chassis, together with an all-steel hinged and lined bonnet which not only offers all-important protection to the engine but makes the EVO one of the quietest chippers on the market. All major grease points have also been centralised on the EVO series to make the ongoing maintenance of the machine quick and convenient. Available at launch in road-tow format, SAFE-Trak and SURE-Trak versions of the EVO 205D are due to follow later in the year as replacements for the legendary 19-28 models. As standard, the EVO 205D comes with GreenMech’s Disc-Blade chipping technology, a three year, no-quibble parts and labour warranty and the unrivalled support of their nationwide dealer network.
  9. Did you find the tip site section? Sounds like you were using the wrong search function
  10. That’s good advice above. Also invest in a decent cambium saver. If you can stretch to it the art rope guide is the best on the market, but there are cheaper alternatives
  11. If you know what you’re looking for then buy separate.
  12. Experiment setting the harness up like below. I'm basing this largely on how a treemotion would perform best. I believe it might solve most of your problems. Won't help with the tool clips or the side d's but i'd imagine you'll get the hang of the d's with muscle memory in a relatively short time. Can probably stick some petzl caritools onto the webbing in just the place you want for your tools?
  13. Ps, nice review though, you should think about doing it for a living
  14. Not being funny but are you wearing it correctly? A lot of these newer harnesses are designed to be worn a lot lower down than traditional harnesses. I’m not 100% sure but I think this one also falls into that category. Common mistake with the tree motion harness for example where people are wearing it high up and it defeats the whole purpose of the design. what was your previous harness?
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  16. Very outdated technique from a time where very few arborists actually used srt for tree climbing. Loads of better options out there these days. Check out rope wrench topics, theres a ton here. Or Petzls other device Petzl Chicane & Zigzag Bundle - Climbing Equipment from Gustharts UK WWW.GUSTHARTS.COM Buy Petzl by Chicane & Zigzag Bundle from our Climbing Equipment range - @ Gustharts
  17. Well what are you doing exactly, is this recreational climbing or work? Is it specifically srt you are learning?
  18. Don't think you'll find many people in the tree industry using an ID so you might struggle to get a specific answer, but generally speaking an 11.7mm rope would work in a device specified for 11.5mm, it would just be a little bit more snug and not as free running. definitely wouldn't advise using it with ID you have though.
  19. No it would have no impact on the price at all
  20. The marketing opportunities with that are endless
  21. Almost a year on from taking delivery, Peter Greathead of PWG Tree Surgery is still being surprised by the seemingly ‘unstoppable’ performance of his GreenMech EVO 165D woodchipper. From the very first demonstration, Peter was impressed by the design and build quality of the EVO 165D – which has proven to be a solid investment for the family-run business. Peter along with his two brothers mainly undertake domestic tree works, along with assisting in larger-scale, commercial sub-contracting projects. “Over the years we hired various makes and models of chipper, before we decided to purchase our first machine – a second hand GreenMech Arborist 15-23. When the time came to replace our 15-23, we’d been so impressed with the support we had received from the GreenMech dealer network, particularly from Ashley Stevens at GA Groundcare Ltd, that we went straight to them to compare the options available.” “We had a demonstration of the petrol EVO 165 initially, and as soon as it turned up, my brothers and I were dumbfounded by the build quality of it! Everything from the steel bonnet to the paintwork was much heavier-duty than we’d seen on competitor machines, which gave us the peace of mind we needed to invest.” The option for a foldable discharge chute meant that Peter ended up going for the EVO 165 diesel model - combining a 165mm chipping capacity with a 25hp Kubota diesel engine. Having been used on projects both large and small over the last 12 months, one of the features that has really impressed Peter is the adjustable roller speed. “If we’re dealing with bigger timber, we slow the rollers down and the machine works with us to process the timber without stressing the engine. Conversely, if we’re dealing with bramble or ivy, we can up the roller speed and it’ll almost ‘suck’ the material in. This powerful pull through also means we’re not having to sned material prior to processing, dramatically reducing our chainsaw usage and improving our efficiency.” Peter concludes, “The thought that GreenMech have put into the EVO series is clear to see, pulling together some of the features and benefits of their other machines all into one design. Our EVO 165D is constantly surprising us with the types and volumes of material it can process. As yet, we’ve yet to find anything that it can’t handle!”

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